State economists predict South Dakota’s revenue collections next budget year will fall short of projections made when Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed his state budget in December.
A bill that would establish a “Right of Publicity” in the state needs to be heard this week if it’s to become South Dakota law. Rep. Elizabeth May is pushing the measure that would prohibit the unauthorized commercial use of a personality’s right of publicity. May drafted the legislation because some constituents want to put a museum on late American Indian Movement leader Russell Means’s ranch. She says for that to happen, the state has to have a right of publicity law in place, protecting things like a personality’s name, voice, and likeness from being used in the commercial setting without that person’s permission. The full House and a Senate committee have passed the measure. It still needs to pass the full Senate.
South Dakota lawmakers will pass a state budget this week to largely wrap up their work for the 2015 legislative session.
Child Sexual Abuse Task Force Shut Down
House State Affairs Committee Votes Against Funding
Members of the House State Affairs Committee voted 10-2 against a proposal to allow the Jolene’s Law Task Force to continue working this year. It’s a move that shocked task force members and left child advocates wondering why.
South Dakota Senate Approves Youth Minimum Wage
Senate Bill 177 would establish a youth minimum wage at $7.50 per hour.
South Dakota workers under the age of 18 may be seeing a new hourly wage on future paychecks.
Canada Day Proclaimed in South Dakota
Canadian diplomats celebrate with state leaders
Governor Dennis Daugaard proclaimed February 18, 2015 Canada Day in South Dakota.
SD US Attorney Brendan Johnson To Resign
Sources say Johnson will work for a private law firm
The U.S. attorney for South Dakota plans to resign and open an office in Sioux Falls for a private law firm.
Changing The Way South Dakota Treats Young Criminals
Reform turns away from court rooms and cells; Focuses on behavior changes
Several recent violent crimes in South Dakota all have one thing in common: teen-aged defendants. Although it may seem like juvenile crime is on the rise, it really isn’t. But that isn’t stopping state lawmakers from taking a hard look at the juvenile justice system.
An outbreak of more than 100 measles cases in the United States has started a big debate over vaccinations. And the national discussion is already spilling over into the 2016 Presidential Election.
Senate Passes Bill Approving Keystone XL Oil Pipeline
Thune: President is "out of excuses" and needs to sign the bill
The Republican-controlled Senate has passed a bipartisan bill approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he hasn’t decided whether to veto a measure to exempt South Dakota’s youngest workers from the $8.50 minimum wage voters approved in November.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he will sign a measure to change the state’s so-called “Daschle law” that bars a presidential candidate from seeking another office on the same South Dakota ballot.
Two days after a legislative committee voted to end funding for a group to study child sexual abuse, the task force has new life.
A House panel has voted down a measure to allow municipalities to temporarily collect up to an additional penny of sales tax for capital expenditures with local voters’ support.
Rapid City Mayor Announces He Will Seek Third Term In Office
Sam Kooiker announced this re-election campaign Thursday.
The mayor of Rapid City says he is seeking a third term in office.
Legislature OKs Shannon County Name Change
Next step in change to Oglala Lakota County
The state Legislature has passed a resolution to change the name of Shannon County to Oglala Lakota County after voters overwhelmingly approved the new name in the November election.
SD Legislature Approves Daschle Law Repeal
Senate votes 24-9 on proposal
The Legislature has approved a measure to change the state’s so-called “Daschle law” that bars a presidential candidate from seeking another office on the same South Dakota ballot.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard wants to review a measure to exempt South Dakota’s youngest workers from the $8.50 minimum wage voters approved in November before deciding whether to sign the bill.